RCE Facilitation Group Meeting May 10, 2012, 3:00-4:30 p.m.

Dear RCE Working Group Coordinators, RCE Partners, and Regional Representatives,

There will be an important meeting of the RCE Facilitation Group on Thursday, May 10, from 3:00 to 4:30 p.m. The RCE Facilitation Group is designed to help facilitate the work of the RCE, connecting our various working groups and partners and acting to facilitate international collaboration with other RCEs and the UN University. For those in Regina, a meeting room has been booked in Luther College at the University of Regina, Room 207. We also will be using Skype for participation by other centres (Saskatoon, Craik, and Nipawin) and for those unable to attend in person in Regina. If possible it would be great if individuals in other centres could perhaps come together in their respective communities to participate in the meeting.

The RCE Facilitation Group provides an important opportunity for knowledge sharing between communities within the RCE region and between sustainability issue areas. In addition there will be updates regarding the UN University, the Rio +20 Conference, and the upcoming 7th Global RCE Conference in Korea in September. Important issues to be discussed at this meeting also include:

(1) the upcoming RCE ESD Recognition Event on June 7, 2012, in Regina (note: deadline for applications is May 1, 2012--please encourage projects to apply; see http://www.zebra.anatexis.net/RecognitionProgram/)
(2) the upcoming RCE/SEdA Event on June 7-8, 2012, in Regina and opportunities for participation
(3) structural issues of the RCE (including whether or not to proceed with legal incorporation and opening a separate bank account)
(4) in-kind and financial support for ongoing RCE activities and a possible RCE secretariat

The success of the meeting will very much be enhanced by participation of our RCE working group coordinators, representatives of our 8 higher education partners and other community partners, and our two regions (the Midlakes Community Coalition (including Craik) and the NorthEast region (including Nipawin). Please feel free to send a designate for your organization if you are unable to attend.

Any agenda items to should be sent to us so that these can be included. A formal agenda will be circulated closer to the meeting date. If you plan to participate by Skype, please forward this Skype information as well so we can contact you.

Best wishes and we look forward to your participation on Thursday, May 10.

Sincerely,

Roger Petry and Lyle Benko
Co-coordinators, RCE Facilitation Group
RCE Saskatchewan